How “free to use” models can help climate proof cities

Green areas and forest areas are effective protection against floods and cutting down forests in one area can lead to floods in another. Despite that, Swedish municipalities choose to fell and build – which increase the risks of high water flows. A recent study shows that existing ‘free to use’ models for calculating risks are effective tools for climate proofing cities. The risk of flooding…

Towards a fossil free Sweden

The Beijer Institute’ s research theme Urban Social-Ecological Systems will be part of a new major research programme designed to promote transformations to a fair and fossil free Sweden. The programme Fair Transformations to a Fossil Free Future (FAIRTRANS), will develop economic and political frameworks for transformations together with key actors from the business sector, trade unions and other organisations in Sweden. In collaboration with…

The pandemic highlights the need for city green space

In times of social distancing, green areas are more important than ever and ensuring nature access for the public should be a fundamental strategy of cities when coping with this crisis, researchers argue. The 2020 coronavirus pandemic caused countries across the world to implement measures of social distancing to curb spreading of Covid-19. The large and sudden disruptions to everyday life that result from this…

If a city is resilient, is it also sustainable?

Use of concepts like sustainability, resilience and transformation has skyrocketed in recent years, not least in when it comes to urban development, but discussions are plagued by confusion and vagueness on what the concepts mean. The big question is this: is a resilient city a sustainable one? A study published in Nature Sustainability, led by Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Resilience Centre and with Beijer Institute director Carl…

Design students visualise our dependency on nature’s services

In the exhibition In My Backyard at the design store Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, students in Visual Communication at Beckmans School of Design interpret the research carried out by the Beijer Institute on ecosystem services and their crucial role for sustainable social development. Research more easily accessible through visual communication A common aim for the students was to create a broader understanding of ecosystem services…

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